The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Monday, July 27, 2009

War News for Monday, July 27, 2009

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos died in a non-combat related incident in Salman Pak, Iraq on Friday, July 24th.

Taliban in western Afghanistan to cease fire ahead of election:

US eyes private guards for bases in Afghanistan:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four others in Palestine street, northeastern Baghdad, police said.

The first bombing Monday came in eastern Baghdad, shortly before noon, when a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol but missed, killing one civilian and injuring four others, said an Iraqi police official.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Sunday Gunmen killed two civilians in Nahar alshiekh area north Baquba around 7 p.m.

#2: According to another police officer, gunmen shot dead the brother of a police major outside Baquba, north of the Iraqi capital.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Three policemen were killed in an armed attack by unidentified gunmen on a checkpoint in the western Baghdad area of Abu Ghraib on Sunday, an Iraqi police source said. “Unidentified gunmen opened light gun fire at a police checkpoint on al-Amarat street, Abu Ghraib, (20 km) west of Baghdad, leaving three policemen killed,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Unidentified gunmen shot down a child in front of his house in the district of Djerf al-Sakhr, near the city of al-Hilla, a security source in Babel said. “Gunmen in a vehicle opened a volley of fire at a child standing in front of his house in Djerf al-Sakhr, (65 km) northwest of Hilla, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A member of the political bureau of the Kurdistan Islamic Union on Monday said that the union’s headquarters in downtown Arbil city had been attacked by Kurdistan Alliance (KA) supporters. “At 02:00 a.m. today, hundreds of KA supporters attacked the headquarters of the union’s political bureau in al-Iskan al-Jadid area, downtown Arbil, in an attempt to plunder it,” Mohammed Faraj told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Random gunfire in Arbil on Sunday night, after an unofficial announcement of the Kurdistan election results, left one person dead and 10 others wounded, a medic from the city’s hospital said on Monday.

#1: An Iraqi soldier on Monday was injured in an explosive charge blast that occurred in downtown Kirkuk city, according to a local police official. “This morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near an Iraqi army vehicle behind a gas station in downtown Kirkuk city, wounding a soldier and causing damage to his vehicle,” Brig. Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Meanwhile, a source from the Joint Coordination Center in Kirkuk said that a body belonging to a policeman was found near al-Ahnaf village, al-Abbasi district (85 km southwest of Kirkuk) on Sunday (July 26) evening.

#3: Four U.S. soldiers were wounded when their vehicle overturned north of Kirkuk city, an Iraqi police source said Monday. “The four soldiers were inside the vehicle during the traffic accident,” Col. Othman Abdullah told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The accident took place near Charman village, (25 km) north of Kirkuk,” he said.

#1: Unknown gunmen on Sunday broke into a Pepsi factory in Ninewa province and killed one of its staff, according to a local police source. “On Sunday, a group of unknown gunmen broke into a Pepsi factory on Talkeef road (15 km north of Mosul), and killed a Christian worker before they fled to an unknown destination,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Six Iraqi servicemen on Monday were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit their patrol vehicle in Mosul city, according to a local police source. “This morning, an explosive charge targeted an Iraqi army patrol in al-Matahin neighborhood, southern Mosul, wounding six patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A chieftain on Monday was killed in Ninewa and his driver was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to their car went off in central Mosul city, a police source said. “Sheikh Mohammed Fadil al-Hayiali was killed at al-Dowasa neighborhood, central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The incident took place near a restaurant in the area,” he said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: On Sunday evening, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew up himself among civilians who were in the mourning ceremonies of alMirawi in Khaldiyah town killing two policemen as they tried to stop him and injuring 13 people.

#2: The director of the emergency police in Amiriyat al-Falluja district has been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Ramadi city, according to a local source. “On Monday noon, Captain Ibahim Khayrallah was killed when a sticky IED targeted his vehicle near the residential compound in Amiriyat al-Falluja district, southern Ramadi,” Maj. Yasseen Mohammed told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “One of the director’s companions was wounded as a result of the explosion,” the major pointed out.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb struck military convoy of the international troops in Wardak province, 40 km west of Afghan capital Kabul, Monday damaging one military vehicle, spokesman of provincial administration Shahidullah Shahid said. "The incident occurred between provincial capital Maidan and Jalriz district at 08:00 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) damaging an armored personnel carrier," Shahid told Xinhua. However, he did not say if there were any casualties.

#2: Insurgents attacked a mosque at a combat outpost in the Kamdesh District, injuring two Afghan national army soldiers, who were awaiting evening prayer, July 26. The outpost was attacked with small arms fire, mortars, and a rocket-propelled grenade. The rounds impacted the outpost's mosque.

#3: 11 militants were killed and 19 others arrested in ongoing military operations in northwest Pakistan during last 24 hours, an army press release said Monday.

#4: Pakistani helicopter gunships struck four militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber Pass region on Monday, killing 20 insurgents, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps said. The airstrikes, launched in the remote Teerah Valley, follow a number of militant attacks in recent months on convoys transporting military equipment, fuel and food en route to Afghanistan.